When I graduated from college, I went to work as a project engineer for an oil company. Over the years, I have driven ditching machines, backhoes and front loaders. Fast forward a few years (cough, cough) and I’m now in a profession where I no longer get to play with the really big toys.
Diggerland, USA which opens on Saturday, June 14, 2014, gives all frustrated engineers, Tonka Truck fans, and toy enthusiasts the opportunity to drive, ride, and operate heavy machinery in a safe family-friendly environment. Four Diggerland Adventure parks currently exist in the United Kingdom.
Diggerland incorporates the hands on operation of machinery for the entire family. Children and parents alike have the opportunity to drive skid-steer loaders, backhoes, tractors, mini dumpers, and small excavators. All the equipment has either been modified for use on a course or made stationary by design for operation in designated excavation areas. An amusement engineering marvel and staple attraction for the park, Spin Dizzy, booms the arm of a 20 ton JCB JS220L excavator up and down while spinning in circles with 8 passengers harnessed into the seats of a modified bucket attachment. In The Backhoe Adventure, 4 riders and a ride marshal climb aboard the cab of a modified JCB 3CX backhoe for a mystery tour while taking turns behind the wheel of the machine.
Other attractions include rock climbing, multiple train rides, a ropes course, an arcade, and a swamp buggy attraction. Smaller guests will enjoy the playground equipment in the Kid Zone, or may opt to take a ride up on the Sky Shuttle, a JCB 540 Telehandler capable of moving 15 guests at a time 5 stories into the sky.
Diggerland USA is located off Cooper Road via Route 73 in West Berlin, NJ, about 20 minutes from Philadelphia or one-hour from New York. The facility is positioned directly behind Sahara Sam’s Oasis.